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12:55 PM ET, February 11, 2008

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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Loses Starbucks; AT&T Becomes Wi-Fi Hotspot Giant  —  Big news, and I had not an inkling of it, lest you think your loyal correspondent always has the inside track: Starbucks is shredding its deal in place since 2001, originally with MobileStar then T-Mobile, to switch to AT&T as their Wi-Fi provider.
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Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Starbucks ditches T-Mobile for AT&T  —  Ubiquitous caffeine conglomerate Starbucks has ended its Wi-Fi partnership with T-Mobile in favor of one with AT&T.  —  Under the existing plan with T-Mobile, Starbucks customers needed a paid subscription to access the in-store Wi-Fi …
Starbucks:
MORE THAN 12 MILLION AT&T, STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS TO GET FREE WI-FI ACCESS FOR A RICH IN-STORE EXPERIENCE  —  New Offering Includes Two Hours of Free Wi-Fi Service Per Day for Starbucks Card Holders Beginning this Spring  —  All 100,000 U.S.-Based Starbucks Partners to Receive Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks Stores
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone  —  Boingo today announced a $7.95-per-month Wi-Fi plan that lets Sony Ericsson users access more than 100,000 for-pay hotspots worldwide.  An iPhone version is coming soon.  —  BARCELONA - If $20 or $40 a month for a smart phone data plan feels like too much, how about $8?
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Board of Directors Says Microsoft's Proposal Substantially Undervalues Yahoo!  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today said the Yahoo! Board of Directors has carefully reviewed Microsoft's unsolicited proposal with Yahoo!'s management team and financial …
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Times of London:
Yahoo! set to revive merger talks with AOL after rejecting hostile takeover
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo officially says no to Microsoft; It could get ugly
Discussion: ParisLemon and Tech Tracks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Confirms Rejection Letter to Microsoft
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CyberNet
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Not So Crazy: Yahoo May Partner With AOL To Escape Microsoft
Discussion: Electronista and BloggingStocks
Microsoft:
Microsoft Agrees to Acquire Danger Inc., Strengthens Mobile Consumer Vision  —  Acquisition of popular software and mobile services company will enhance Microsoft's ability to broadly deliver compelling mobile experiences.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has entered into an agreement …
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The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft aquiring Danger Inc. WTF?  —  Ugh!  Let's just hope the Danger OS doesn't go away (we doubt it will).  This actually might make sense, though.  With Microsoft in the mix, Danger can now concentrate on the software and integrating new features like 3G, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft To Acquire Sidekick Backer Danger Inc.; Bolsters Mobile Business
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Buys Sidekick-Maker, Danger
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android Hands-On Video: It's Fast, It's Still Not There  —  We have been playing with the Android prototypes scattered through the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona.  ARM had theirs running on one of their lower-end processors.  No fancy graphics demos, no iPhone-style multimedia fizzbang …
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Agence France Presse:
Google's Android software debuts in Barcelona  —  BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - The first mobile phone fitted with Google's Android software platform has made its debut in Barcelona at one of the world's biggest telecom trade shows, Google said Monday.  —  Google is hoping Android will become …
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Google attacks: Android at Mobile World Congress
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Cost Per News
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0  —  I'm getting scattered reports claiming that there is still a hack for Windows Vista SP1 that works.  I'll investigate further later.]  —  It does seem that Microsoft hasn't been successful in closing off all the hacks that allow non-genuine copies of Vista SP1 to pass off as genuine ones.
Discussion: Engadget, Compiler and WinBeta
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Vista SP1 coming sooner for some
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 availability for technical customers
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Anthony Park / 100% Geek Content:
New Vista Media Center Plugin - MyNetflix (beta)  —  I've kept this pretty quiet, but I've been working on a new Media Center plugin for a little while now.  It is now ready for beta testing, and I've decided to run a public beta for this one.  —  MyNetflix features … Public Beta Program
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Nokia N96 redefines “high-end”  —  Rumored for a few weeks now as the N95's successor in waiting, the mighty N96 dual slider has gone all official on us at Mobile World Congress today.  Though the phone it replaces is still a beast by any measure, the N96 pushes the envelope further …
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Customer blames bankruptcy on IBM IT failure  —  American LaFrance (ALF), the “leading brand of custom-made fire fighting, fire rescue vehicles, ambulances, and heavy-duty work refuse vehicles,” has declared bankruptcy, blaming IBM and a failed ERP implementation.
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Clear Channel to FCC: XM/Sirius is illegal, but let's deal
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Graeme Wearden / Guardian:
Yahoo rejects Microsoft takeover bid
Discussion: The Open Road
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Leaves an Opening
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Powerful new antiphishing weapon emerges
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Reuters:
Motorola, Nortel may merge wireless gear
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
Microsoft:
MSN Direct Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices
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New York Times:
The Auction of Getty Images Appears to Be Stalled
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Many Challenges of Social Network Sites
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
WWMD: What Will Microsoft Do?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft axes paid versions of Office Live Small Business
Nokia:
Nokia launches premier mobile advertising network
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Clips Facebook In January, But Both Slowing
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Dave Morgan, AOL's EVP-Global Advertising Strategy, Leaving For Startup World Again